Shock Over RAC Convention Cancellation

Early reaction to Radio Amateurs of Canada’s unexpected announcement of the cancellation of the RAC Convention 2012 planned for Edmonton and scheduled to take place in 10 days (Aug. 10-12) has been shock.

This has to be a tremendous blow to the organizing committee lead by Mitch, VE6OH and vice chair Paul, VE6UFO. I sincerely feel for these guys as I doubt the issues that brought down the convention had anything to do with them or the committee.

So what did happen?

According to an announcement by the North Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club the organizers say a set of unfortunate circumstances (“not the least of which was the low number of pre-registrations”) caused the call to cancel our national convention.

Organizers say they will provide additional details on their website. We’ll see.

Nobody takes any joy or satisfaction reading this announcement about the cancellation of our national convention due to poor ticket sales but it sure speaks to what is happening to our national association.

When RAC can’t organize a well-publicized annual convention in a hot-bed of Canadian Amateur Radio activity then maybe it’s time to pull the plug and create a much more member-driven and member-responsive organization.

You might notice that the official RAC website, dreary as it is, doesn’t mention the demise of the national convention and in fact still carries a cheery notice about the upcoming event.

If I had to guess, I’d say Canadian Amateurs are finally voting with their feet since they’ve been denied any meaningful input for so long in the affairs of our national association.

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

One thought on “Shock Over RAC Convention Cancellation

  1. It has now been a week since the announcement of the cancellation of the RAC convention. I have checked the noted web sites but still nothing new on this unfortunate event.

    Have you heard anything more than what is already available on the noted web sites?

    cheers, Graham ve3gtc

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